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Hong Kong Eats: Chau Kee 周記點心 @ Sai Ying Pun

I have just returned from my short weekend getaway in the land of Dim Sum and needless to say, we squeezed in as many eateries and restaurants as we could during the short 2 days we had in Hong Kong. Some were not too impressive, others we simply could not stop raving about even till today. One such example is Chau Kee 周記點心, located in the quiet and relatively obscure neighbourhood of Sai Ying Pun. Famed for their Golden Lava French Toast and classic Dim Sum items, we also heard stories about the crazy queues and lacklustre service but was delighted to find none of that when we went down ourselves on Friday morning at about 10am.

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The space was very quintessential Cha Chaan Teng style- small tables huddled together with tight walking areas that were narrow in width. Lucky for us, the lady at the front counter gestured for us to sit at a corner where five of us fit rather comfortably.

Prices for the Dim Sum items range from HKD$18 – HKD$35 (the exchange rate was SGD$1 = HKD$5.70) so that worked out to approximately SGD$3 – SGD$6, which was still rather affordable. Menus were also translated in both English and Mandarin, for those whose grasp of their Mother Tongue (like us) is rather limited and although the range offered was not extensive, it was more than sufficient. We did find it difficult to decide who should make the short list.

NINJA Bowl @ 15 Duxton Road

NINJA Bowl is all about hearty offerings of Japanese donburi bowls that are served in a Korean bibimbap fashion with a touch of western influence. Needless to say, these aesthetically pleasing bowls have been making their rounds on our Instagram newsfeed. This gave us yet another reason to check out the new place not just once but a few times! But if that is not a good enough reason to visit the place, diners would be pleasantly surprised to hear that the prices at Ninja Bowl are all nett priced with no extra service charges.

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Devoted fans of Department of Caffeine (DOC) would have known by now that the café had officially ceased operations in mid-January, freeing the space for a new tenant to take root. Despite offering a different dining experience, Ninja Bowl has retained the warm, casual ambience which the former had left behind. Furnished with matt black wooden tables and chic steel chairs, an industrial charm seeps into its contemporary setting where two elongated parquet and white walls encapsulate the timeless moment. Warm, yellow downlights soften the mood and add a cozy vibe to the dining setting, providing a convivial atmosphere for diners to congregate, relax and also indulge in their signature donburi bowls.

Bōruto | Japanese Tapas & Sake Bar

Three years ago, I blogged about one of my most memorable Robata experiences which was forged at Tamashii Robataya. Three years later, the same people behind the quaint Japanese establishment along North Canal Road have since opened a new dining concept a street away serving up Japanese-fusion tapas and sake.

The name Bōruto, which translates to “vault” in English, pays tribute to its former occupants of the space- which was formerly a bank. The gated safe that was once used to keep locked safety deposit boxes, now stores the restaurant’s most valuable sake bottles which can easily cost up to several thousands each.

Notwithstanding the hype surrounding all the alcohol that is served in this bar however, Bōruto does also serve up some fancy fare that has both looks and substance. While Spanish tapas has already made a name for itself here in Singapore, Japanese tapas on the hand, is a novel idea that has not quite been explored yet.

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Helmed by Head Chef Angus Chow, who has a fairly extensive culinary background in both Japanese and Spanish cuisine, we knew we were in good hands as we watched him deftly and skilfully plate each dish, from our front row seats at the bar counter.

The Populus Coffee & Food Co. @ 146 Neil Road

From the same people behind the wildly popular Department of Caffeine, comes a new collaboration with Two Degrees North Coffee Co. called The Populus Coffee & Food Co., located along the row of shophouses on Neil road and a mere distance away from newcomers The Daily Roundup, Luxe Singapore and heavyweight The Lokal. Slated to be the next big hipster cafe to hit the scene, its industrial chic look with copper border tables, wooden accents and marble notes is creatively on point and hard to fault. The food too with unique offerings such as “Spring Pancake & Fried Chicken” and “Ginger Beer Pork Collar” makes it an interesting stop for a refreshing change from the usual cafe brunch menu dishes.

We visited The Populus Coffee & Food Co. on a weekday afternoon after lunch hours and while the cafe was only in its soft launch phrase, most tables were already filled. Not difficult to imagine how much more crowded it can get during peak hours or after it officially opens on 11 November 15. Prices of the food here range from $16 – $23 while a Macchiato starts at $4.50. Orders are taken at the counter while the food is served to you.

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Between the four of us, we went straight for The Populus Scramble $17. Think soft creamy lusciously smooth scrambled eggs tucked on a bed of toasted croissant with a topping of marinated feta, slices of cut chilli and strips of streaky bacon for a decadent touch. We dare say that this glorious plate of breakfast elements was easily one of the best we have had. Enjoyable textures with a pop of colour, the portion was just right for either a hearty meal for one and also great for sharing.

Afternoon Tea with Seafood and Champagne @ The Westin Singapore

The Westin Singapore pulls out all stops with their newly launched Afternoon Tea of Seafood and Champagne. Fancy a three course set featuring a whole poached Canadian lobster and two freshly shucked oysters, a three-tiered platter of seafood delights and canapés, and ending it all off with an assortment of sweet treats such as eclairs, chocolates and cakes. Complimented by a stunning view of the Marina Bay at level 32, I dare say that this Afternoon Tea is by far one of the most luxurious and decadent ways to spend with that special someone. The icing on the cake is that this entire three course tea set including two glasses of Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label is $85++. Top up to $130++ if you want the whole bottle to make the occasion even more memorable.

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Our first course as mentioned earlier was all about the cold seafood. A whole poached Nova Scotia Lobster rustically presented in its shell, simply prepared to allow the natural sweetness of the lobster meat to shine through- a little firm, yet tender with a good bite, 1/2 a shell each was definitely not enough! The shucked Oysters paired with three different sauces too were nicely plump and delightfully slippery, complete with a salty finish and sweet notes. We were only on the first platter but already very much impressed.